Bonner and Ass. Pissed us Off

Bonner and Associates pissed us off, so a few of us at the Action Factory, a group of young climate activists living and working in DC, took our clothes off in the rain to demonstrate the NAKED FRAUD of this astroturf lobbying firm.
Bonner and Associates, who were working for the Hawthorne Group, whom in turn were working for American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, forged not 1, not 6, but 12 letters to not 1 but 3 congressmen. All three of these companies are outraged, claiming to have fired the ‘deviant’ employee who supposedly acted on his or her own. They were so ‘outraged’ that they didn’t notify the congressmen who received these letters. They were so ‘outraged’ that they even forgot that Bonner has been caught using almost the same tactics before, making them look very stupid for hiring them in the first place. That’s pretty much blind with outrage.

Once the intense anger of the moment subsided, we grabbed a camera and headed back to Bonner’s office first thing Monday morning to get to the bottom of this. Keep in mind, we’re not professional journalists, and I apologize in advance if our ‘outrage’ clouds our judgment on ethical conduct. But, I think that you’ll enjoy joining us on this search for democracy. Bonner and Associates seems to have stolen it, so it only made sense to start looking at the scene of the crime…

Some thoughts:
*People seem pretty unsure of whether forging letters is illegal
*We’re not legal experts – what are the legal consequences for mail fraud? forging names and signatures? Lying to congress?

Update:
Sierra Club’s letter to the DOJ spells out some of the legalese and next steps.  Read it on the Wonk Room

Also, watch Rachel Maddow’s ongoing series on “Unnatural Mail Enhancement”

5 Responses to “Bonner and Ass. Pissed us Off”


  1. 1 Anna Haynes Aug 6th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Are other congresspeople checking to see if they received bogus letters too?

  2. 2 Katherine Broendel Aug 7th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    AAUW released this statement from Linda D. Hallman, Executive Director, yesterday in response to being victimized by an act of fraud from an agent of Bonner & Associates:

    http://aauw.org/About/newsroom/pressreleases/fraud_080609.cfm

    Katherine Broendel
    Communications Fellow
    AAUW

  3. 3 I left C'ville Socialism Aug 11th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Bonner and Associates themselves alerted Creciendo Juntos about the forgeries back at the end of June. Not exactly the action of a dark nefarious corporite bad guy.

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    Being naked and clueless on a city street because you didn’t check your facts: PRICELESS!

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Morgan is a wandering climate activist, a job well suited to the editorial board of this site. He organized at Williams College until his aprubt and unfortunate graduation in 2008. There, he was a Chinese major, student body co-president and one of the leaders of Thursday Night Group, the campus climate action group. Since graduating, in no particular order, Morgan has worked on a community energy efficiency campaign in western Mass, co-directed NH SPROG for the SSC and worked on Power Vote in Cleveland. He spent traveled in China, networking with youth climate activists and learning about the solar hot water business. He worked on Long Island for a solar and wind company doing home evaluations and sales. And he spent the better part of a year in DC at the Avaaz Action Factory causing trouble for a good cause.

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